The Centre for Refugee Studies is engaged in research on refugee issues; it informs public discussion as well as policy development and practice innovation by international, governmental, advocacy and service organizations; and it supports teaching in refugee and migration studies. Refugee studies is conceived in broad terms, as being concerned with the displacement of populations and individuals across and within borders, for reasons of persecution, expulsion, violence, violation of fundamental human rights and loss of essential human security and livelihood. It covers not only accommodation, protection, and assistance for refugees through asylum, settlement, resettlement and reintegration, but also the prevention of displacement. Its approach is necessarily interdisciplinary and it respects diversity in perspectives.
As I take on the role of director at CRS, many issues call for the attention of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in relation to human displacement. In Jordan, Zaatari refugee camp continues to grow, as Syrian refugees pour across the border into Jordan and Turkey. While Zaatari camp is the second largest in the world by UNHCR’s count, the Dadaab camps of Kenya comprise the largest, hosting almost half a million Somali refugees. These latter, ‘temporary’ camps have been in place for more than two decades, and analyses to determine why and what can be done are of concern to CRS.
The department of Social Work at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) in partnership with Canadian universities namely York University (Centre for Refugee Studies), St Thomas University and University of Manitoba organized a workshop under the theme: “Synthesizing indigenous and international social work theory and Practice in Rwanda”.
More information about this event can be found here: http://www.nur.ac.rw/spip.php?article1423
(for more information, please contact Dr. Susan McGrath at email@example.com)
This list of research themes and questions has been developed by the Refugee Research Network (RRN) at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University to encourage the generation and mobilization of research on refugees in Canada.
- (November 6, 2013) Training teachers at the world’s largest refugee camp, University Affairs
- (October 6, 2013) Bringing Universities to Refugee Camps in Kenya, New York Times